Clayton Kershaw Near Perfect
Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his 3-0 shutout against the New York Mets with teammate Yasmani Grandal #9 at Citi Field on July 23, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

NEW YORK – Clayton Kershaw continued his scoreless innings streak on Thursday, firing a three-hit, complete game shutout as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the New York Mets 3-0 at Citi Field.

Kershaw made the "Amazing Mets" look more like the "Mediocre Mets," as the reigning National League MVP took a perfect game into the seventh inning before Curtis Granderson broke it up with a single to right field.

"There's a lot of luck that has to happen to throw a perfect game," Kershaw said. "Once the seventh inning rolled around I thought it could be possible, but it didn't last very long."

Kershaw (8-6) settled for a three-hit gem instead, striking out 11 and walking zero as he ran his scoreless streak to 29 innings. It was Kershaw's 11th complete game shutout of his career, and the Dodgers MLB leading 15th on the season.

Kershaw has a 1.22 ERA over his last 11 starts, allowing just 11 earned runs on 11 walks with 112 strikeouts. Additionally, Kershaw became the first pitcher since Cy Young in 105 to have 10+ strikeouts, no runs, and no walks in three consecutive starts.

"I feel like I have pretty good command right now, especially with my fastball," Kershaw continued. "I got in a pretty good rhythm there, and once Jimmy hit that home run I felt good."

Jimmy Rollins homered off hard-luck loser Bartolo Colon in the third inning for the first Dodgers run of the game. It was Rollins 277th hit against the Mets, the most among active players, and the third most all-time behind Lou Brock (289) and Pete Rose (396).

Colon (9-9) was equally impressive for New York, unfortunately he ran into a buzz saw in Kershaw who is simply unhittable at the moment as he white washed the Mets.

The Dominican native allowed just one run on five hits with four strikeouts over eight strong innings.

"We were overmatched tonight," Mets manager Terry Collins said matter of factly.

Mexican-American slugger Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with three singles on the day, and made a spectacular defensive play at first as the Gold Glover scooped up a throw in the dirt by Yasmani Grandal, preserving Kershaw's perfect game at the time.

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